Thursday, January 19, 2017

Current Obessions

New Year. New Obsessions.
Anyone else obsess over some things too? Where you can't get enough! Or is it just me?
These are my current favorites that I can't get enough of.

Current Obession


L I P S E N S E | Probably my favorite makeup product thus far. I got so irritated using lip gloss because it was too messy. I hated leaving lip imprints on my mugs and anything
I ate  or drank. I always worried about it smudging or smearing across my face if the wind blew. With lipsense, I no longer have that issue and the color lasts all day. I order mine from Dressing Dallas. (P.S. I am hosting a Lipsense party on facebook- if you want the deets let me know! You can WIN some free lipsense to try!)




B O O T I E S | I am loving ankle booties lately.  You can dress them up or dress them down. Perfect for a casual yet comfortable wear all day. I am currently loving this pair from Shoe Dazzle. & If you sign up for VIP (cancel anytime) you can get one for $10 right now. Plus they have a ton of great sales under $10 right now. And as a member you get free shipping.



L U L A R O E | The hype is true. Once you buy one, it's hard to stop the obsession!  I just can't get enough. They are so comfortable and fashionable. I buy mine from Sasha or Megan and Crystal on facebook.



I N D I A N  C L A Y  M A S K | Since the New Year, I took it to myself to give myself more ME time this year. I am loving this easy Indian Clay Mask. It's all natural, and super easy to do. It takes no more than 15 total minutes. It pulls all the impurities, black heads and feels so fresh. Since I've used it, I've noticed major improvement on my skin. (Even my mom commented how great my skin looks.) All you need is this Aztec Indian Clay & Apple Cider Vinegar. I got mine on Amazon. (Get prime and get free shipping!)


What are you currently obsessed with?


*This is not a sponsored post. Please note that I use some affiliate links throughout my blog posts, however, all opinions and reviews are 100% my honest opinion and products I use.*

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Is The Beverage Package Worth It On A Cruise?

The husband and I like to enjoy ourselves while on vacation--especially on cruises. When we were planning our honeymoon cruise back in 2014, we really contemplated whether or not the beverage package would be worth it for us. In case you don't know, if you are wanting the beverage package on a cruise, everyone in the room has to pay for one. You can't just have one person get it and mooch drinks off of them. (That would be too good to be true)



You may be wondering if it would be the right choice for you. It can be confusing going through the many details of the different variations of packages.  You may be asking yourself The Classic Package? The Premium Package?  Shelling out all that money all at once may seem really expensive, especially considering you’ve already put out the money for the cruise itself. 


 You need to keep in mind that not all cruise companies offer the same packages, and some companies do not offer them at all if you are cruising less than 5 days. You also need to decide what drinks you normally will have on-board. Are you more of a wine drinker or do you like to mix it up and have some cocktails and mix in a glass of wine for dinner?  Some cruises offer beer and wine packages which are cheaper than the premium packages that offer both mixed drinks and beer and wine. Also keep in mind that most cruise ships allow 2 bottles of wine per guest to bring on board. (You can also be sneaky and put your favorite vodka in a wine bottle and sneak it on.)

Check the price lists and compare. Most cruise websites will show you the price list. A glass of wine could be $12, cocktails $12, Beer $6. Keep in mind that does not include gratuities if you are purchasing as you go. A lot of the time, the beverage package includes the gratuities. In fact, I do not know a cruise that does not include the gratuities in the beverage package price. Those $1 tips could add up fast (As we learned on our honeymoon).




Most of the drink packages include bottled water. This was the most requested item. I always had a bottle of water on hand when exiting the cruise for our excursions and the amount of water I drank alone would have costed well over the daily drink package price.
Obviously the drink package price differs per cruise, but it was worth it for us.  We would have paid a lot more at the end of the cruise if we were to have paid as we went. For us it was well worth it to not have to limit what we wanted. The drink package include the sodas and juices as well so we were able to enjoy fresh orange juice whenever we wanted.

Cruises also offer Non-Alchoholic packages that include juices, bottled water and sodas. This may be the best for you if you prefer to stay away from alcohol or if you have children who would take advantage of the soda, water and juice. (You can always get a soda and bring it off the ship to enjoy during the day so you don't need to purchase any off ship)

It may seem difficult to shell out the money before hand (Although they do offer to add on the drink package on board) but for us it was well worth it and we ended up saving a lot of money in the long run. We were also able to try new drinks without the worry of "wasting" money on them if we did not like them. It's also more relaxing knowing we didn't have to worry about budgeting for drinks. We just hand over the card and it was taken care of.

If we were to break it down, we would have spent $30 more dollars or so per day if we were to pay per drink without the drink package. 


Additional Thoughts (Thanks to Savored Journeys for pointing these out)

  • Something to think about when deciding if a drink package is worth it is the gratuity that is added to each drink without the package. An 18% service charge will be added to waters, sodas, and wine when you purchase. Most package prices either include the 18% service charge when you buy-- not per drink
  • It’s a good idea to consider how many sea days and port days you have. If you are having a lot of port days, you may be better off paying for drinks as you go. Unless you want to bring a few bottled waters or sodas off the ship every day.
What are your thoughts on the benefits of purchasing a drink package? Do you think buying the beverage package is worth it on a cruise? I'd love to hear your thoughts!




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year. New You! Fit and Fabulous

Whenever I hear about New Years Resolutions the first thing that comes to mind is: Get In Shape. I always see the gyms jam packed with cars starting Jan 1 and then it slowly dies off by March and people stop going as much as they were the beginning of the year.

What if I told you that you can workout in the comfort of your own home and it won't feel like a chore. What if I told you that you will have a personal trainer and a group of empowering women as your accountability partners?  What if I told you that this program actually works and will not cost you an arm and a leg? (Plus you will have some lifelong online friends.)

Courtney is the owner and mastermind of putting together the Fit and Fabulous Club and Operation BootyCamp. She'll teach you How to beat sugar cravings, feel energetically fabulous and teach you how to meal plan while also providing some AMAZING easy recipes that are delicious!

I get it, you're thinking "Where can I find the time to workout with my busy schedule?"
I'm right there with you girl! Between balancing my day job to running my own online business, it's hard to find that extra time to take care of myself. But that's just it. Courtney helps you organize your time and schedule and fits in the workouts that work for YOU. My favorite part is you can keep up to date with your workouts through her own app personalized just for you. It comes in handy when you are vacationing or on the go and don't have access to a computer.  I also love following her on Instagram where I can stay up to date with NEW workouts, Inspirational quotes, cute workout outfits, amazing products and more!
 You can also keep up to date on her blog where she posts tips, recipes and more!
Photo: Courtney Bentley

There's a few AMAZING plans you can choose from. I signed up for the fit and fabulous 30 day challenge and am LOVING it.
              You won't even notice the $9.95 charge every month especially when it's for YOU.
    • √ INCLUDES: Quick, Effective Workouts Plans to Get You Motivated and ON Track with Follow Along Videos, New Plans Added MONTHLY
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    • √ INCLUDES: Private Member Forum to Support You on Your Journey and Hold you ACCOUNTABLE- Make friends, get coaching from me and SUPPORT! 
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    • √ INCLUDES: Live Streaming Q+A/Mastermind Every Week, Connect with Other Members and SLAY your business 
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    • BONUS: Access to any program I create through the time of your membership
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    • √ INCLUDES: 10 days of Motivating reminders directly from me, sent directly to your Inbox, so you can keep up your momentum, even on tough days
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    • SPECIAL BONUS: An ongoing recipe guide for you to use after the 10-Day Jumpstart so you can keep achieving your fitness goals long after you've completed the Jumpstart step-by-step program
If you aren't sure what the best option is for you, come join the Facebook group. Meet some new friends and accountability sisters and lets all help each other get motivated again! Honestly, what do you have to lose?

Are YOU ready to join me? 
Comment your 2017 goals this year. I'd LOVE to hear them!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Recap

Hoping everyone had a blessed Christmas! It's always so difficult getting back in the swing of things after some time off from work and celebrating the Holidays.

 I ended up taking the Friday before Christmas off work to catch up on some last minute orders that were placed. I worked for about 4 hours completing all that needed to be done, and wrapping some Christmas presents too! Then of course my hubby wanted to do some last minute shopping. I thought he was crazy for wanting to go to the mall a few days before Christmas. But sure enough he surprised me with a new Iphone 7Plus which I have been needing to upgrade my phone since I use it a ton for my business. So if anyone is needing an inexpensive Iphone 5C, I have one for sale now :) - In great condition
So once we braved the mall (Which surprisingly wasn't all that busy- we headed home to clean up and my hubby had to go into work).

The next morning we went over to my parents so I could help my mom prepare the appetizers and get a head start on prepping food. Once we finished that, we decided to brave the mall yet again, because we had some last minute gifts we forgot we needed! (We certainly were not prepared this year!) Luckily it wasn't too bad at the mall and we weren't there for very long. We came back home to freshen up and went to dinner at my favorite Japanese Steakhouse - Bari Bari. We had too much fun and my mom ended up taking home the leftover Saki we ordered. 


After dinner we took a family walk (including the pups!) around the lake to look at lights. Once we got back, we of course had to take a few photos by the tree. We got silly and did a "prom pose" haha. (They got a little blurry towards the end of the night). We watched a few Christmas movies and fell asleep to them shortly after.



On Christmas morning we woke up early to begin opening presents. We always gift some cute new toys for the pups and I always put the bows from the presents on them. They don't seem to mind, but it makes for a great photo!



I also love my new lipsense from Dressing Dallas- Loving my new colors! You can shop for yours here. I can honestly say I am hooked! It doesn't come off when you drink your favorite beverages so you won't leave any marks on your cups! I love that! It's my new favorite obsession and I need to get more colors!



My hubby ran out to the grocery store and brought me back some Starbucks. That was such a lovely surprise as I'm sure it was super busy on Christmas.



My aunt and cousins came over mid afternoon and we played some board games (Yahtzee) and attempted to put a 1000 piece puzzle together. We didn't get close to finishing but we did get the border completed thank goodness! I used my "There's a chance this is Wine" cup throughout the day and received many compliments on it. 

How was your Christmas? What are some Christmas traditions you do with your loved ones?

 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Wine Exchange 2016

 
 
I participated in a wine exchange on facebook.. I figured why not? I didn't have anything to lose, and heck... tis the season. You send one bottle of wine and can get anywhere between 6-36+ in return. How can you not love that? I only sent one bottle (through Amazon), it's been two weeks and I've already received 7, and I received a few e-mails stating more are on the way! I probably won't get 36, that's a long shot, but I am happy with what I received so far :)

If you are interested in participating and have a facebook, comment below with your e-mail so I can send you the details! It's really simple and fun! 


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Friendsmas!


 I started the weekend off attending the boat parade by my parents house. It was so fun to walk around and see all the boats lit up and listen to Holiday music.  I purchased these LED light collars from Paw Prime for my dogs so it's easier to see them in the dark when I take them for walks.  They got some extra attention for wearing them, so they are definitely dog approved! They took some time to ship to me, but I am really happy with the purchase and secretly get excited to use them! You can get a FREE collar, just pay shipping! And you can choose your color! I chose red for both my dogs.




On Saturday, my friends and I got together and planned a Friendsmas party. My girlfriend hosted at her house and cooked turkey and stuffing, I brought my famous green chili corn dip that everyone requests, green beans, and the other ladies brought over salad, mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, rolls and desserts! There were too many hilarious moments such as: massaging the turkey, shoving butter up it's hoo-ha, spilling one batch of stuffing on the floor, and laughing so hard we almost peed. We also had a white elephant exchange and I ended up with a mermaid tail blanket which I have been wanting forever! Photos to come! 


One of my friends started up her own etsy shop, and she makes adorable wine decor! (Like the Santa one pictured above) She still needs to update and add more items to her shop, but you should totally go give her shop some love and "like"/favorite some items! (She got her first 40 listings FREE using my special code, HERE.


I am SO behind in my Christmas shopping, however I did order a few things from different etsy shops to #supportsmallshops this Holiday, so I will share those in the upcoming weeks :). How are you doing on your shopping?

P.S. Don't forget to enter the amazing giveaway posted last week! You can win a Gold Macbook Air --You don't want to miss out on this beauty!


 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Amazing Giveaway


I've teamed up with some AMAZING bloggers to bring you a fantastic giveaway just in time for the Holidays! What better way to celebrate, right? If these were on your Christmas list, you won't be disappointed! Perfect for every blogger. What do you have to lose?


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Unique Gift Ideas : Shop Small


I used to be that person that would have my Christmas shopping done before November hit. It was a huge stress relief to not have to worry about shopping. This year is a little different as November is almost over and I have not bought one gift yet! I'm kind of freaking out a little inside. 

Luckily, this year I have chosen to shop small.  By small, I don't mean just buying a few things, I'm talking supporting small businesses. As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to shop small and support small business owners. I also am a huge sucker for personalized and unique gifts so I wanted to share some unique shops who take pride in their work and really love what they do!



Shevelkin Designs | If you are a coffee lover like myself, you will absolutely LOVE this shop. The owner, Stephanie, is the sweetest and SO creative. She makes everything in her shop by hand. Her designs are so fun! My favorite right now are her coasters and brew mat. The colors and detail is stunning!  Get 10% off using SWDBLOG 11/28-12/4

Check her out on instagram @shevelkindesigns






Karried Astray | Who doesn't love a cute handbag? I mean, you carry them with you everyday anyways right? Might as well have a few cute patterns to add to your collection! She custom makes every handbag with love so you can choose your own style! I love the colorful prints she uses! Each one is unique and sure to please! Use code Jingle to receive 10% off your purchase. Valid 11/28 to 12/13.

Check her out on instagram: @karriedastray




Mini be Couture | She makes the cutest handmade crochet items! From unicorn dolls, beanies and gloves, to cute cozy's! Her crochet work is spectacular and I love everything she has in her shop. Everything just looks so cozy! Also she is offering a discount to my readers, use code BOSSLADY20.

Check her out on instagram @minibecouture



Mesmerics | If you love monogramming as much as I do, then you will love these monogrammed cozies! I love the different colors she has to offer. She carries cozies, dice bags, stockings, wallets, pillows, baby burp cloths and more! I love her patterns, they are truly one of a kind. Use code SHOWERED20 for 20% off your purchase. 


Follow her on instagram @mesmerics.on.etsy








Geek Fashion Source | This shop has the cutest "geek" fashion wear. I personally love the fun prints on the suspenders. But she also has bow-ties, fun glasses, custom designed shoes and more! Love game-day wear? She has the perfect unique selection for sports fans! She is also offering a special discount code to my followers, use code  HOLIDAYSEASON20 at checkout to enjoy 20% off your purchase.

Follow her on instagram @sweetlookscollection



 


Rustic Valley Kids | This shop has beautiful scarves and bows. If you are on the search for a beautiful patterned bow or scarf, this is your place! She has a wonderful collection to choose from. I love the colors she has available!

Follow her on instagram @rusticvalleykids


Scarf & Bow SetMulticolored Bow | Floral Scarf & Bow
 
And of course I can't leave out my own shop. I will be making some gifts for friends, co-workers and family this Holiday. {Shop: Showered With Design}.



Also search hashtag #SEIZED to see all the shops participating in "SEIZE THE DEAL."(Ends tonight) All shops are using the coupon code SEIZED so you can enjoy a discount from over 180+ shops!